In the last leg of the workshop, I put participants on how will they apply the workshop-learning in their own workplace. In real-life scenarios.
They come up with amazing ideas. The glee on their faces is a reward for me.
HR executives distribute a feedback sheet which I am not bothered about because I already have my feedback. When participants refuse to take a tea-break because they don't want to interrupt the good flow of ideas, you must be doing something right, isn't it?
Once those sheets are filled, the photography session begins. First the customary group photo, and then selfies. For a while, I feel like a celebrity.
And then, someone comes to me and asks the hard question--
'But will our bosses appreciate these ideas?'
A genuine concern. Because those bosses haven't gone through the creativity training. They are still looking at the world with their old lenses.
In the corporate boss's rooms, you might hear things like--
'Don't apply your brains. I am the boss here, do what I say!'
If you think that's an extreme scenario, THINK AGAIN.
Creative people in the organisation blame it on their bosses. Bosses don't want to experiment. They don't want failures. Who has the time to play around when the project is behind targets?
That's why I feel bosses, the senior management, should take part in my creativity and innovation training programs. I insist.
When they understand and participate, the results are phenomenal.
Because now they know the impractical ideas are still developing. Rather than shooting them down, they help the idea generator with improving those ideas.
Rather than saying, it doesn't work like this in our organisation; they suggest ways and means of making the idea happen.
When a boss understands the creative process, that’s a blessing for everyone!
That’s why senior people should go through creativity training themselves. And they must learn the creative art of judging ideas.
I can surely help.